What’s Happening at Surf Coast Campus
April 5th – Annual Surf Coast Cross Country 9.30-11.10am
April 6th – Year 4 Gateway Challenge
April7th – Year 4 House Athletics at Middle School
April 7th – Year 1 Out and About Fishos Excursion
April 8th – Easter Bonnet Parade 9.00am
April 8th – Easter Service (Students Only)
April 8th – Last day of term 2.30pm dismissal
*More events will be added once excursions etc are booked and finalised*
Shrek – The Musical
Rehearsals for the college production of Shrek the Musical are nearing the final weeks and cast and orchestra are excited to see the show steadily coming together. It has been wonderful to be back together in the rehearsal space and we are all looking forward to our opening night, when the students can share the fruits of their many hours of creative labour. Shrek is a very family friendly show about love and friendship and finding your place in the world and its upbeat and memorable musical score is bound to leave audiences humming along as they leave the theatre.
Shrek the Musical is being performed for six shows only in the W.R Gibson Music Performance Centre at Senior campus, with dates and times listed below.
Thursday 12th May – Preview 12.30pm
Thursday 12th May – Opening Night 7.00pm
Friday 13th May – Matinee 12.30pm
Friday 13th May – Evening 7.00pm
Saturday 14th May – Matinee 12.30pm
Saturday 14th May – Evening 5.30pm
Ticket Price: Adult $35 Student/Child $25
Tickets can be purchased through the Music Administration office – phone 5241 1577 from Monday 4th April-Friday 8th April in school hours, and then from the commencement of term 2, Wednesday27th April. Seating is very limited and the College community is encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. This year to offset the limited seating, we are offering matinee performances on Thursday and Friday at 12.30pm.
As per government guidelines, parents, carers and other adult visitors (excluding students) must be able to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid medical exception.
We can’t wait to share the show with you!
We Love Learning Maths in Prep
What a great week of mathematical learning we have had in Prep this week!
In Numeracy, the Preps have been consolidating their understanding of what teen numbers are, and how they are represented. The students know that each teen number has a base 10 and so many ones. They have been ordering these numbers on a number line and connecting the numerals to their equal quantities.
The Preps were each given a teen numbers to read, count and represent using a myriad of materials.
The Year 2 students have been getting to know our new guinea pigs and they have had some fun choosing and voting for names. We are happy to announce that Chip and Jo-Jo are settling in well. They are the recipients of many hugs and cuddles and the children are learning more each week about the care of our class pets.
In preparation for Easter, the Year 2 students have been learning about the events leading up to this significant celebration in the Christian calendar. Each day the students learn about a new aspect of the Easter story through the opening of a Resurrection Egg. Through discussion, artwork, writing and reflection, the Year 2 students have a wonderful opportunity to consider what Easter means to them.
Have you Taken the 5-Minute Cyber Safety Parenting Quiz?
With school holidays almost upon us, now is a great time for parents to review their approach and strategies around managing screen time and technology in the home. Not sure where to start? Family Zone has free parent webinars on ‘Managing Screen Time During School Holidays’, ‘Popular Games and Their Dangers’ and many other topics available via their events page.
Did you know that our new Online Safety Hub from Family Zone also has a helpful quiz to support parents with this?
Complete the cyber safety parenting quiz to receive a safety rating for your family and useful hints and tips on areas that you can focus on to keep your family safe online. Why not complete an audit of your home’s cyber safety and get advice on how to improve it and keep your loved ones safe?
School holidays are a great time for having constructive conversations with young people about their technology use and referring to the tips and feedback from the parent quiz may be a useful way to begin such a conversation with your child.
What a joy it was to finally be able to have our families on campus again to enjoy some time together at our family picnic. We were truly blessed in many ways, the weather was perfect, the children had so much fun playing with each other, and it was wonderful to see the parents enjoying themselves. As life begins to return to normal, we hope to have many more events such as our Family Picnic to bring our special community together.
What a Week!
It has been a week filled with environmental chats, demonstrations and workshops. A beach ramble to look at what our local environment is, how our environment might be affected by rubbish, experiments to look at how our beaches are impacted by erosion and an excursion to look at how we can recycle plastic and make it into something that can be reused.
These students are going to change the world!
Disaster Relief for the Floods
Our Surf Coast Campus family has certainly shown how community minded and caring they are with the support and generosity that has been shown towards our first Project Care Day for the year.
We held a sausage sizzle at lunch time, this was such a special time to have our students sharing lunch together.
The gold coin donations along with the sales of the sausages has seen our campus raise over $725 dollars to go to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Fund. What an amazing outcome for a campus with just over 100 students. On Wednesday we will have Peter Hobbs who is the head of this section of the Salvation Army. It will be great for our students to hear about where the money raised will be going.
This result is absolutely amazing. It is so humbling to be a part of a community like this that comes together to help others. I have been so proud of our students and the stories I have heard about them doing jobs to raise money that can be donated. We have had jobs done around the home, one of our prep students hold a lemonade stand and a special mention has to go to Lilly Kennedy of Year 2. After suggesting the idea of raising money for the victims of the NSW and QLD floods Lilly was able to raise $140 to go towards the total by sacrificing lots of her time at home to raise money for today.
Thank you for your amazing support of our Project Care program. It is exciting to think about what we are going to be able to achieve this year.
Project Care Coordinator
House Cross-Country Championship 2022
After many weeks of training and preparation, our students are excited about the upcoming House Cross Country event.
There have been many great training runs and the students are shaping up for some healthy competition and wonderful House involvement.
DATE: TUESDAY 5TH APRIL (moved from Thursday 7th April)
TIME: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
VENUE: SURF COAST CAMPUS
We hope you can join us all on the day to support your special person.
Don’t hold back.
CHEER THE LOUDEST.
At home, at the race,
on the field, wherever they are,
let them know that you have
their back and that you are their
No matter how they do.
We’re Open in May!
Each of the Christian College campuses will open their doors during May for prospective parents and others to visit, tour and ask questions – with no booking needed. We encourage all members of our College community to help spread the word about our open days, and our invitation to book a tour anytime to any friends, neighbours, colleagues – anyone you know who may be looking at Early Learning and/or schooling options for their children.
This year, each of our campuses will open its doors on the following dates at the times indicated.
Junior School-Belmont: May 3 – 9:30am to 11am
Middle School-Highton: May 3 – 11am – 12pm
Surf Coast Campus: May 5 – 9:30am – 11:30am
Bellarine Campus: May 10 – 9:30am – 12:00pm
Senior School-Waurn Ponds: May 3, 5, 10 12:00pm – 1:00pm
We also invite anyone who is interested in visiting any of our campuses, but can’t make the above days/times to book a tour online at a time that suits, meet with campus leaders and have their questions answered. Every day is Open Day!
Christian College – Community of Respect
A significant achievement here at Christian College during 2021, was the launch of a College-wide Wellbeing Framework. Through this framework, and based on our understanding of the importance of wellbeing, our College chooses to promote human flourishing, purpose, and passion. Our College is committed to nurturing all members of our community, as we discover and confirm holistic health, both individually and collectively. As part of this College-wide commitment, we have established a ‘Community of Respect’ Professional Learning Team.
This dedicated group of staff has been appointed to help facilitate a number of developments and actions associated with several priorities across the College, including the adoption of the Respectful Relationships initiative. Respectful Relationships is a Victorian Government initiative to support schools in promoting and modelling respect and equality. It also supports key wellbeing objectives in teaching our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. Respectful Relationships prioritises a whole school approach that sees Respectful Relationships “…beyond curriculum… recognising that to drive real change, classroom learning needs to be reinforced by what is modelled within the school community.”
In Term 1 of this year, Christian College commenced working alongside several other schools in the Respectful Relationships Surf Coast Otways Cluster including: Iona College (Lead School), Geelong Lutheran College, St John’s Lutheran College, Lisieux Catholic Primary School, St Catherine of Siena Primary School and St Therese Primary School. This leading and partner schools initiative provides training and support to all Government, Catholic and Independent schools to implement a whole school approach to Respectful Relationships. During the first half of this year, all teaching as well as professional support staff are undertaking Respectful Relationships professional development, while our Community of Respect team begin identifying the most appropriate strategies we can adopt to move forward as a truly flourishing community of respect.
While it is early days for our Community of Respect team, we look forward to sharing more regularly as our work in this space continues to take shape.
Jemma Morris – Highton & Surf Coast Liaison
Andy Davies – Highton
Nicole Riddle – Highton & Chaplaincy
Drew Oliver – Senior School
Kim Doherty – Senior School
Rob Moore – Bellarine
Octavia Rae – Junior School
Yesterday saw the next phase in the CCG journey with Project Zero – Harvard University and Independent Schools Victoria for 12A Reach project. Six members of staff joined the project this year. For the first time, we have been able to include colleagues from our junior level and we are very excited to see what it will look like in their setting.
Reach is an instructional innovation that is designed to deepen the learning of our students. It has been created to be embedded in the existing practice of the teacher. It helps the learner understand the content and how they learn through thinking. This then leads onto making decisions by forming opinions, choosing behaviours and actions to make greater connections between their lives and world. A major focus is on conversations, which is such an important skill that has been greatly impacted over the last couple of years.
The team gathered at Senior School and even though we were in two countries and time zones, thanks to the aid of technology, we are able to hold our meeting on Microsoft Teams. It was so much easier to share ideas and questions in real time as well as we could all feel the excitement and anticipation in the room even though some where on a screen.
We are all looking forward to developing our teaching practices for the benefit of our learners and sharing our new learning with our colleagues.
Senior School – Waurn Ponds
Notice to All Parents Regarding CSEF Funding
The Victorian State Government runs a program called the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF). As the name suggests, the fund is designed to assist families meet costs associated with school camps, sport and excursions and requires families to apply in each year they have a child who is eligible. Families who have an eligible child will receive $125 per year for a primary aged student and $225 per year for a secondary aged student.
If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. Please complete a 2022 Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) Application Form and return to your campus administration office by the end of Term 1 please.
Please read the attached letter for further information